Pottery pieces from Buchan's Pottery

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Pottery pieces from Buchan's Pottery

These are all industrial stoneware pieces made in Buchan's Pottery. The jam jar would be made with various companies' details put on with transfers. The stoneware hot water bottle was widely used to heat beds, with children wrapping their pyjamas round the bottle to warm them up before going to bed!

Whisky flagons were made in various sizes by the potters. The wicker baskets were also made in Buchan's Pottery with their own innovative 'Buchan's Patent Galvanised Iron Hoop' round the bottom, which helped damp-proof the bottom of the baskets and stopped the wickerwork being destroyed. This is indicative of the variety of craft workers employed here.

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